Manny's offers an assortment of tortas and we settled on the Bistek or Steak torta ($6.25). As the tortas aren't pictured, I had no idea of its appearance. I was hoping it wouldn't be a sliced white bread sandwich.
The menu says that tortas are prepared with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, jalapeño pepper, refried beans, chipotle pepper mayo, and comes with a bag of chips.
To my relief I saw them cutting a baguette but another thought came to mind that it would be just a sub.
One bite into the torta again solidified my believe that authentic Mexican food is about freshness, vibrancy, and flavor. The mayonaise had a sweet and spicy kick. The steak was tender, the lettuce crunchy, and the tomatoes cold. The bread had a crackly crust with a soft interior that never got soggy. How was that possible? The torta was like the Gestalt - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street #125